Two years ago today...
…since I started this pointless exercise called a weblog.
Since the Mac Mini was announced at the beginning of this year, the Internet has been full of discussion about potential uses of the Mini as a home entertainment/media server. This notion has not been far from my mind also. The last update of the Mini introduced increased memory and built-in wireless (compelling enough reasons to buy), however a recent rumour has suggested modest speed bumps and the addition of dual-layer SuperDrive. This would clinch it for me.
In recognition of my 30 years of service, my employer will allow me to buy myself a gift; the amount will just about cover the cost of a bog-standard top of the line Mac Mini. Boost the memory to 1GB, add wireless keyboard and mouse and the following components: Apple DVI to Video Adapter, EyeTV for Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT), Edirol UA-1X USB-RCA Audio Interface, an external FireWire Iomega (or LaCie) hard disk, an S-video/RCA audio to SCART lead and Bob's your uncle; I should be able to hook it all up to my existing Sony CRT widescreen TV.
Here's how I envisage my system:
I have written before about this constant feeling of having a cold (sneezing, runny nose, coughing, aching, general malaise), which I attributed to a low-level viral infection. It's been like this for getting on for a couple of months (and on-and-off for several months previously) and after thinking some more about it and conversations with colleagues, I wondered if it might not be an allergy of some kind.
After a bit of research, it did appear that my symptoms were consistent with allergic rhinitis. I thought it was probably perennial, since my symptoms were constant, but I could be wrong; nevertheless I bought some Piriteze and there was a noticeable reduction (though not elimination) of the symptoms.
Looks like a trip to the GP and some allergy tests...
Six months ago I wrote of my nosebleeds and conjunctivitis, but I don't think I've ever fully recovered from whatever it was I contracted. Since March I've had several 'colds' and and wake up in the morning with sore, dry eyes; the last four or five weeks I've been constantly sneezing. The last few days I've been blowing out the thick stuff again and I feel pretty grotty. I assume it's a virus of some sort and so there's no point in going to the doctor.